The purpose of The Scottish Football Partnership’s Growing the Game Award is to assist Scottish FA Quality Mark clubs add one new team to their playing membership. The funding provided assists with the start-up cost of a new team and is delivered in conjunction with the Regional Football Development staff. This ambitious pilot project aims to create 60 new Grassroots teams during the 2014/15 season.
Riverside F.C. (Central Region)
U-9s and U-11s Girls section
20 new players created
4 new coaches
4 v 4 and 7-v-7 format of the game
Ian Anderson from the club said “The club had over 60 girls take part in the primary school taster sessions that we ran and subsequently we had over 30 girls coming along to our Sunday morning open sessions and we now have 18 girls registered with the club, training every week and playing at U9s and 11s.
We have purchased training equipment of balls, bibs and markers and have also purchased a first aid kit. We have also been able to give each girl a training kit consisting of a t-shirt, jumper, shorts and socks.
The U11 girls entered a festival in Wishaw which was organised by the Scottish FA prior to a Scotland Women’s World Cup Qualifier game in Motherwell and the girls were also given tickets to attend the game.
Recently we hosted a small festival for U9s and U11s at our home pitch in Bridge of Allan and invited two other local teams along, Milton and Tullibody Community. The weather was pretty bad but the girls had a great time.
We will be entering more festivals in the coming weeks and will continue to encourage more girls to come along and join in. We plan to run further primary school tasters where we can supply a coach from the club to go into the school and it would not be possible to do this without the support from the SFP’s Growing the Game Award.”